Robert Evans

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Robert Evans

Robert Evans (born 23 October 1956, Ashford) is the former chief executive of British Gas, a former president of the Energy Industries Club, and a former MEP from Labour Party (19.07.1994-13.07.2009).[1]


Record and Controversies

Declaration of Financial Interests

  • In summer 2008, attended a seminar in Dallas, TX, USA as a guest of British Airways.
  • In November 2008, attended a conference in Dhaka, Bangladesh, using my allowance as an MEP.[2]

Record of Parliamentary Votes

  • Voted in favour of the directive on "establishing a framework for Community action in the field of water policy" (A5-0027/2000). The directive covers all water management aspects in order to achieve a 'good status' of all waters by 2015.[3]
  • Voted in favour of the directive on "national emission ceilings for certain atmospheric pollutants" (A5-0063/2000). The amendment allows setting less ambitious national emission ceilings for sulphur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxides (NOx), ammonia (NH3) and volatile organic compounds (VOC), which would result in more damage to human health and the environment.[4]
  • Voted in favour of the Commission White Paper on "Strategy for a future Chemicals Policy" (A5-0356/2001). The amendment helps avoid the necessary precautionary approach towards some chemical substances that are not proven to be completely safe.[5]
  • Voted in favour of the report on "Community guidelines for the development of the trans-European transport network" (A5-0135/2002). The Trans-European Network of Transport (TEN-T) is a network of so-called 'transport corridors' through Europe. This amendment calls for a full Strategic Environmental Assessment of these transport corridors and calls on the Commission to improve methods for analysing the environmental and economic impact of the TEN-T.[6]
  • Voted in favour of the regulation concerning "traceability and labelling of genetically modified organisms and traceability of food and feed products produced from genetically modified organisms" (A5-0229/2002). The amendment allows customers the right to choose GM free food.[7]
  • Voted in favour of the directive on "environmental liability with regard to the prevention and remedying of environmental damage" (A5-0145/2003). According to the amendment, polluters have to pay for environmental clean-up, and it supports an EU-wide regime which makes polluters liable for the damage they cause to wildlife, water and land.[8]

Personal Information

Curriculum Vitae

  • London University: B.Ed. (1978); MA (1993).
  • D.Univ., Brunel University (1998).
  • Primary school teacher (1978-1990).
  • Head Teacher, Crane Junior School, Hounslow, Middlesex (1990-1994).
  • President of the Leatherhead local association of the National Union of Teachers (1984-1985).
  • Chair, Chertsey and Walton Constituency Labour Party (1987-1989).
  • Member of the National Executive and Socialist Education Association (1989-1999).
  • Vice-Chair, Labour Friends of India (1999).
  • Member, Labour Sri Lanka Society (2003).
  • Member, Muslims for Labour (2003).
  • Patron, Friends of Bangladesh (2002).
  • In the European Parliament: Vice-Chairman, Committee on the Rules of Procedure, the Verification of Credentials and Immunities (1996-199).
  • Vice-Chairman, Committee on Citizens' Freedoms and Rights, Justice and Home Affairs (1999-2004).
  • Chairman, European Parliament Animal Welfare Intergroup (1999-2004).
  • Member of the European Parliament (since 1994).
  • European Parliament Coordinator, International Fund for Animal Welfare (since 1996).
  • Vice President of the League Against Cruel Sports.
  • Chairman of the European Parliamentary Labour Party (since 2004).
  • European Parliamentary Advisor (unpaid) to the National Union of Teachers.
  • European Parliamentary Advisor to League Against Cruel Sports.
  • Coordinator, European Parliament Cricket XI.


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  1. European Parliament, MEP Directory: Robert Evans, accessed 06 November 2010.
  2. European Parliament, Declaration of Members' Financial Interests: Robert Evans, 15 January 2009, accessed 05 February 2009.
  3. Friends of the Earth, EU Vote Watch, accessed 02 February 2009.
  4. Friends of the Earth, EU Vote Watch, accessed 02 February 2009.
  5. Friends of the Earth, EU Vote Watch, accessed 02 February 2009.
  6. Friends of the Earth, EU Vote Watch, accessed 02 February 2009.
  7. Friends of the Earth, EU Vote Watch, accessed 02 February 2009.
  8. Friends of the Earth, EU Vote Watch, accessed 02 February 2009.